On Nov. 8, 2015, “The X Factor” U.K. episode featured the eliminations of two contestant acts: Kiera Weathers (from the Girls category) and Seann Miley Moore (from the Boys category). The show’s judges are Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Moore’s elimination was controversial and a huge shock to the much of public, based on viewer reactions on the Internet. Moore had received consistently high praise from the judges, leading some viewers to speculate that Moore’s flamboyant cross-dressing might have turned off some conservative people who vote for the contestants on the show.
Weathers was the first one to be eliminated in this episode, since she received the lowest number of votes from the public. Her elimination wasn’t too surprising, since she had been in the bottom two the previous week. She said in her farewell comments, “I came out last night, and I did me. I was more than happy with that. I was me. I was comfortable with it. It’s not the end. I’m really grateful” Ora (who was Weathers’ “X Factor” mentor commented about her elimination: “I’m just so proud of everything she’s done at this point, taking people’s constructive criticism, turning it around for the better, and always, always having a smile on her face. This is not the last time you’ll see Kiera. No way!”
(Click here to watch Kiera Weathers get eliminated.)
The remaining acts in the bottom three were Moore and Mason Noise (also from the Boys category). They both had to do a sing-off, with the judges deciding which act would be eliminated. Noise performed Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road,” while Moore sang Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.”
(Click here to watch Seann Miley Moore perform Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.”)
When it came time for the judges to vote, Cowell and Fernandez-Versini voted to eliminate Noise, while Ora voted to eliminate Moore. Grimshaw (who is the mentor of Noise and Moore) voted to eliminate Moore to send the votes to a deadlock so that the elimination would be so that the elimination would be determined by the public’s votes. In the end, Moore received the lower number of public votes, so he was eliminated.
(Click here to watch Seann Miley Moore get eliminated.)
In his farewell comments, Moore (who was clearly in shock), said: “It’s been an incredible journey, but the show must go on.” An emotional Grimshaw added, “I can’t believe they [Moore and Noise] were in the bottom two tonight. I can’t believe Seann is going. I can’t believe it.”
This episode also featured an appearance from Fleur East (who came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2014), who performed “Sax,” the first single from her debut album, Love, Sax and Flashbacks. The album is due out on Dec. 5, 2015.
(Click here to watch Fleur East’s performance.)
Although East’s performance was generally well-received by the public, the rest of the episode was blasted for being everything that’s wrong with “The X Factor.” On Nov. 7, 2015, The Mirror had a scathing review of “The X Factor” U.K., saying that the show is “dying a slow and painful death,” with less talented contestants than in previous years and boring, inarticulate judges. I predicted that “The X Factor” U.K.’s sweeping changes in 2015 (getting rid of most of the on-air talent and replacing them with younger, less experienced people) would flop with the public. Indeed, the show’s ratings have been on a massive downward spiral this year and are the lowest they’ve been in the entire history of the show. And although “The X Factor” U.K. won’t be cancelled in 2016, the show will never see its former glory days when it was a ratings champ, because of the huge downgrade in the quality of the show, as well as competition from more critically acclaimed talent shows such as “Strictly Come Dancing” and “The Voice.”
Grimshaw (who is a radio DJ with no experience as a songwriter, producer, artist or talent scout) is described as a “terrible” judge by The Mirror. Ora and Fernandez-Versini aren’t much better, in terms of lack of artistic credibility. Cowell has a proven track record as a hit maker, but he’s lost his edge as a judge on the show. And “The X Factor’s” unflattering nickname “Fix Factor” keeps coming up every year like a stink that won’t go away.
The bottom line is that “The X Factor” has alienated much of the public with its tired, repetitive gimmicks and deteriorating quality in talent. Sure, the show produced massive sellers in One Direction, but that was a phenomenon that “The X Factor” had way back in 2010, when the show’s ratings were at their peak. One Direction’s hiatus indicates that the “X Factor” hit machine is running out of steam. Unfortunately, winning on the show doesn’t mean much anymore, since almost all of the winners end up being dropped by Syco/Sony Music after releasing their debut albums. And in the past few years, even runners-up don’t have much staying power, since almost all of them peak with their first album and then fade away like a dying flame.
Here are the remaining acts for “The X Factor” U.K. in 2015:
GIRLS (female solo singers ages 16 to 25)
Mentor: Rita Ora
BOYS (male solo singers ages 16 to 25)
Mentor: Nick Grimshaw
OVERS (solo singers over age 25)
Mentor: Simon Cowell
Mentor: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
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